New York City Transit is preparing to unleash over 10 months of inconvenience on 1 train customers at Dyckman St. as the agency announced that the northbound platform will close tomorrow for a station rehabilitation. The northbound side of the station is expected to be out of commission until August 2011. The southbound platform will be closed from September 2011 through July 2012 for similar work.
The authority first announced these plans back in July, but now the work is here. It is not without controversy however. A group of disabled riders has filed suit in an effort to stop the proposed rehab. They allege that the MTA’s plans, which do not include the legally required spending on improved access, violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. For now, though, the work will go on as planned.
Transit says that uptown 1 trains will bypass Dyckman St. at all times as the northbound platform is completely demolished and rebuilt. Transit will reconstruct the platforms and canopies, adding new windscreens and repairing guardrails. The work also includes repairing the stairs into the station, restoring the concrete wall along Hillside Ave. and replacing damaged tiles. The station originally opened in 1906 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
For service from points south to Dyckman st., customers are urged to take the train to 207th St. and transfer to a southbound 1 train. A second fare, says Transit, will not be deducted.